Nice have officially named Patrick Vieria, who stepped down as coach of MLS club New York City FC on Sunday, as their new head coach, and will succeed Borussia Dortmund-bound Lucien Favre.
Vieira took over NYCFC in their second season in MLS in 2016 and in both seasons led the team to second-placed Eastern Conference finishes.
“I would like to thank City Football Group and New York City FC for the opportunity to have coached this tremendous football club,” he said in a statement. “Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and for my family and one that has not been taken lightly.
“From the beginning, City Football Group and its leadership, particularly our Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Brian Marwood, Ferran Soriano and Marty Edelman have believed in me and have helped guide me through the last eight years of my career — starting with my time as a player and ultimately culminating with my first opportunity to manage a first team.”